leper missionary. Joseph de Veuster became a member of the Picpus Society (Fathers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary) in 1859, taking in religion the name ‘Damien’. He was sent to the Hawaiian Islands in 1863 and in 1873, at his own request, to a settlement of lepers at Molokai. He ministered single-handed to the spiritual and physical needs of 600 lepers and died of the disease. Feast day, 10 May.
Subjects: Christianity — Literature.